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Meet lycopene, the carotenoid for the ages.

The Nutrient In A Nutshell

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Lycopene is the red-hued molecule responsible for the vibrant coloration of many fruits and veggies. The body can’t produce this nutrient on its own, so it’s essential to get it through diet and supplementation. Acting as a potent antioxidant, lycopene plays a different beneficial role in our wellness at every stage of life.

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With its unique molecular structure and makeup, lycopene is capable of using a variety of mechanisms to work synergistically with other nutrients and compounds to produce different beneficial effects. Studies have shown that the positive impacts of lycopene supplementation are even more pronounced when the carotenoid is partnered with other phytonutrients.1 Take a look at a few of these cooperative carotenoids and see how they help throughout our lives.

1 Aust, O. et al., 2005. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 75:54-60.

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Prenatal Development & Infancy

Let’s start at the beginning.

Lycopene touches our lives from before they are fully our own and well into early childhood. Working alongside a-tocopherol, lycopene helps increase sperm motility, and studies have shown that antioxidant supplementation, particularly in the form of lycopene and other tomato carotenoids, may be beneficial to first-time mothers.2

It appears that the benefits continue after birth, too. One study found that infants whose mothers consumed seven or more servings of fruit a day exhibited an increase in cognitive development.2 That increase was enhanced even further by fruits containing lycopene.3*

2 Sharma, JB, et al., Effect of lycopene on pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth retardation in primigravidas., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India.

3 Bolduc, F.V., et al., Cognitive Enhancement in Infants Associated with Increased Maternal Fruit Intake During Pregnancy: Results from a Birth Cohort Stu..., EBioMedicine (2016),

Physical Activity

Breathe easy.

As we come into our own as adults, so does lycopene. Exercise is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle, and studies show that carotenoid supplementation can ease exertion-induced stress in a variety of ways. Lycopene, zeaxanthin, and lutein4 work as antioxidants to help maintain healthy lungs during intense exercise,5 may improve vascular endothelial dilation in ultra-marathon runners,6 and may help prevent free radical damage induced by physical activity.7*

4 Stahl et al. 1998. FEBS Letters, 427

5 Neuman, I, et al., Reduction of exercise-induced asthma oxidative stress by lycopene, a natural antioxidant., Department of Allergy, Hasharon Hospital, Golda Medical Center, Petach Tivka and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

6 Samaras, Antonios et al., Effect of a special carbohydrate–protein bar and tomato juice supplementation on oxidative stress markers and vascular endothelial dynamics in ultra-marathon runners. Food and Chemical Toxicology 69 (2014): 231-36.

7 Harms-Ringdahl, M et al., Tomato juice intake suppressed serum concentration of 8-oxodG after extensive physical activity. Nutrition Journal (2012): 11-29. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-2.

Skin Health

This is a smooth move.

Skin is the body’s largest organ. As we grow older, it requires more upkeep to maintain its softness, radiance, and resilience. However, there is a positive association between antioxidant levels in skin and the perceived smoothness of the epidermis.8 Carotenoids like lycopene, lutein, and beta-carotene work hard from the inside out to keep skin looking and feeling healthy.*

8 Stahl, W., et al., Photoprotection by dietary carotenoids: Concept, mechanisms, evidence and future development. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (2011): 1-9. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201100232

Fertility

Life always finds a way.

At our very core, we’re driven to ensure the survival of our species. Maintaining reproductive capabilities for as long as possible is an important part of that, and lycopene can help us achieve it by benefiting women’s and men’s bodies at different ages. For example, some studies have found that it can support healthy sperm viability and activity, thus helping to maintain fertility in men.9,10*

9 Durairajanayagam, D, et al., Lycopene and male infertility. Center for Reproductive Medicine, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

10 Gupta, NP, et al., Lycopene therapy in idiopathic male infertility--a preliminary report. Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, 110029, New Delhi, India.

Beat it.

Cardiovascular wellness becomes an even higher priority as the years pass by, and phytonutrients like astaxanthin, phytoene, and phytofluene can combine with lycopene to create antioxidant effects that have positive impacts on heart health.11 In a human study, lycopene helped maintain oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) levels already in the normal range.12 Additionally the Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of tomatoes and other plants high in phytonutrients, is thought to be a factor in supporting the health and longevity found in that part of the world as compared to Northern Europe and other Western countries.13*

11 Deplanque et al. 2016. Food Nutr Res.

12 Agarwal, S., et al., Tomato lycopene and low density lipoprotein oxidation: a human dietary intervention study. Lipids (1998): 981-984.

13 Mordente, A, et al. Lycopene and cardiovascular diseases: an update. Curr Med Chem. (2011): 1146-1163.

Keep the vision thriving.

Carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin protect our eyes by working as powerful antioxidants. Lycopene is the most easily oxidized carotenoid out of this group, so it is thought to “sacrifice” itself to boost the beneficial properties of other phytonutrients.14 While in circulation, lycopene in the blood supports the transport of lutein to the eye by protecting it from oxidation. Lycopene also repairs and “recycles” carotenoids that have been damaged, which reduces the chance that they’ll be turned into pro-oxidants.14*

14 Böhm, F., et al, Interactions of dietary carotenoids with activated (singlet) oxygen and free radicals: Potential effects for human health. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (2012): 205-216. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201100222.

Micronutrients

The more the merrier.

Our blood micronutrient levels change as we get older. Age is inversely associated with carotenoid absorption,15 which means that it becomes less and less present in our bodies. It’s crucial for older adults to follow a carotenoid-rich diet and supplementation regimen in order to build up a “reservoir of goodness,” ensuring those positive effects can still be felt even as our carotenoid levels naturally decline.16*

15 Stuetz, W., et al., Plasma Carotenoids, Tocopherols, and Retinol in the Age-Stratified (35–74 Years) General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Six European Countries. Nutrients (2016): 614.

16 Darvin, M. et al Eur. J. Pharm. Biopharm 69 (2008) 943–947.

Prostate

Slow it down.

Prostate health is a major area of concern for all aging men. Here, our hero nutrient works synergistically with a-tocopherol to help maintain prostate health associated with age.17*

17 Pastori M. et al. 1998. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 29;250(3):582-5.

Lycopene is more than a phytonutrient. It is our partner.

For over two decades, we’ve been investing in, studying, and growing with this incredible carotenoid. Just when we think we know it better than anyone else, it surprises us again, revealing more potency, more possibility with every passing year. Our garden has grown significantly over the years, but this carotenoid continues to inspire and galvanize us. We never know for sure where it might lead us next, but we’re so happy to have you on this incredible journey with us. Welcome.

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